Pillows That Relieve Pain, Improve Circulation, and Help Make Sleeping Easier During Pregnancy
There are a lot of reasons why sleep is difficult during a pregnancy, and looking for ways to reduce heartburn, leg cramps, and back aches at bedtime will aid in the amount of sleep a woman is able to get. One simple way to improve sleep potential is with a pregnancy pillow. To help women choose wisely, here are three of the most popular styles and the good and bad points of each.
The U-shaped Body Pillow: This large pregnancy pillow is popular with many women because it braces the back, provides support under the neck, and works as a prop for the belly and knee all at the same time.
- Provides full body support.
- No bed pillow is needed.
- Useful for back or side sleeping.
- Aids with propping up an infant for breastfeeding.
- Very large and may take up too much room in the bed.
- Very bulky and heavy, so it is not easy to move around.
- The pillows and its covers are some of the most expensive pregnancy pillow options.
The Pregnancy Wedge Pillow: A simple wedge pillow is also a common back support for pregnant women that are seated for long periods of time.
- Very compact pillow that is good for traveling.
- Useful for propping up the head and shoulders or to provide support for pregnant bellies.
- Usually comes with a removable and washable cover.
- Traditionally the most affordable pregnancy pillow.
- Can only support a very small part of the body at one time.
- The wedge is very firm and may not feel comfortable to all women.
The Traditional Full-Body Pillow: This is one of the most common, affordable and easy-to-find pillows. It has a traditional rectangular bed pillow shape and is sometimes sold with a pillow case.
- Supports arm, belly, and knee at the same time.
- Helpful for breastfeeding, too.
- Also useful as a prop for bed pillows when reading in bed or watching TV.
- Not usually as firm as other pregnancy pillows.
- The large size takes up a lot of room.
Women will also have to choose filling types and firmness levels when using body pillows for pregnancy. These are personal choices based on what is comfortable to them and any allergies they have. It is important to remember that all pillows should have washable covers, especially if planning to use it while nursing after the baby is born.